Using Your Tuff Spot: Jelly

Messy Play Ideas #04 – Jelly

I am taking part in the Tuff Spot A-Z Blog Hop, hosted by Emma over at Adventures of Adam. If you want to see what other people have chosen for the other letters of the alphabet then be sure to keep an eye out! 10300018_798601196874843_1996759614883683489_nToday is the letter J and we are using jelly!! It is a messy one but the fun your children will have makes it totally worth it!


I bought some cheap sachets of jelly mix from the supermarket, Asda had 3 for £1 so I bought 6. I made the jelly the day before I was due to do the activity, giving it plenty of time to set. It works out at 6 pints worth of jelly which sounds a lot but once you spread it out it is just the right amount.

DSC_0097I placed the bowl in the tuff spot and gave the girls a selection of utensils to play with. I dressed them in minimal clothing so they would be able to get messy without worrying about their clothes. I also put down a cheap shower curtain to contain the mess- got mine from poundland. 

The Activity

Little G got straight in and started exploring but Little L was a hesitant, not knowing what was going on! I obviously need to do more messy play with her now she is more able to join in!


DSC_0105It wasn’t long until she has realised it was something she could eat! The spoons gave it away of course and she took great delight in scooping it up!

DSC_0116After a little while I tipped the jelly out completely so they could get properly stuck in!


DSC_0150Little G absolutely loves getting her hands dirty and so really enjoyed getting stuck in, this has not always been the case and she used to be a right fuss pot!



DSC_0169I love this photo, Little L got a bit freaked out by the mess. This is a recent development and she is like it at dinner time now too, needs her hands wiping every 5 seconds!!

DSC_0165Mummy, my feet are dirty!!!

They happily played for just over an hour, there was laughter and smiles from beginning to end (and full tummies!). Both had to be whisked to the bath to be rinsed off but that just added to the fun, sharing a bath and having a big splash around! If you want to buy yourself a tuff spot then Emma has kindly compiled a list of various distributors around the world. For more inspiration make sure you keep a look out for #TuffSpotAtoZChallenge on Twitter daily and also take a look at this handy list of activities! We will be back with the letter T in a week or so, so come back and see what we will be playing with next!

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  • Reply
    March 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Looks messy BUT lots of fun!!!!! Yay 🙂 WE did something similar a while ago and the twins LOVED it – although they needed a hot bath afterwards! Jess xx #sundaystars

    • Reply
      March 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Haha yes, a bath is definitely a must afterwards! x

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    Lukeosaurus And Me
    March 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Firstly – I love the shower curtain idea! I have table cloths from the poundshop but they’re not like…fully plastic, just wipe clean and aren’t really that great (they tear easily). So a cheapy shower curtain as a messy play barrier sounds perfect!
    Secondly – HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS? They look like they’re having such a good time, and to keep them busy for over an hour is an achievement. I really want one of these trays – I’ve only recently heard of them, but seeing all the fun stuff you can do is making me want one so bad.
    Also. Jelly feet. ADORABLE!
    Ray, xx #SundayStars

    • Reply
      March 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

      That shower curtain is a couple of years old and never had a problem so definitely grab yourself one next time you are out. Take a look on the ‘where to buy’ page, I got mine from ebay xx

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    Everything Mummy
    March 22, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    oooo i love this i always want to do messy play with the kids but its finding some where to contain it all! this would be perfect for the garden as well! x

    • Reply
      March 23, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Yes it is perfect, I have it will water in the summer xx

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    Annabel Woolmer
    March 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    That’s brilliant!

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      March 27, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      It is so much fun 🙂

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